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1,000 Romanian tourists stranded by Bulgaria flash floods

Bucharest - Around a thousand tourists from Romania have been left stranded by flash floods in Bulgaria which left 14 dead around the Black Sea resort of Varna, the Romanian government said on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Romania president says not involved in brother's graft case

Bucharest - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Thursday denied involvement in a corruption case after a film emerged of his brother apparently admitting to taking a bribe to intervene in a mobster's murder trial.
In the Media by AFP

Prietenii Mocanitei: Restoring the Sibiu-Agnita railway Special

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Mocanite, narrow gauge railways, trailed stunning mountainous areas to connect cities across Transylvania, Romania. The Mocanite, whose locomotives were steam-powered, were built for cargo and passenger services.
Digital Journal Report by Raluca Besliu - 2 comments

Seven European bison to be released in Romania

The European bison is the heaviest surviving wild animal in Europe today. The animals went extinct in the wild in 1927 when the last one was killed by poachers in the western Caucasus. The only bison left were to be found in zoos across Europe.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

Angelina Jolie look-alike rapes cab driver at knifepoint

Tulcea - A Romanian woman resembling Angelina Jolie allegedly kidnapped a male cab driver and performed sexual acts on him at knifepoint.
In the Media by Sylvannia Soulet

Romania presses for NATO redeployment over Ukraine crisis

Bucharest - NATO should redeploy its forces in eastern Europe and take a firm stand to prevent a contagion of the Ukraine crisis, Romania's foreign minister urged in an interview Thursday with AFP.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive

Bucharest - Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

Cruel video of Romanian youths and a sweet old lady emerges

A shocking video of a group of Romanian youths swinging a terrified elderly lady in circles has surfaced on the internet, and has quickly gone viral on Facebook.
In the Media by Jessica Jones-Langley

Europe and the mystery of the 'flying' bears

A genetic study of brown bears in Bulgarian mountain regions provided evidence for the existence of individuals of Carpathian origin. It seems that they were flown into the region by the former rule of Romania, Ceausescu, for sport.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Massive logging leaves deep scars in Eastern Europe

Bucharest - With its steep, forested mountains set against blue skies, Romania's central Pojarna Valley once looked like a postcard landscape but illegal logging has turned the site into an ugly scar."The guys who did this used excavators.
In the Media by Mihaela Rodina (AFP) - 1 comment

Romania suspends small-scale hydropower plants in protected areas

Romania has recently announced its decision to suspend the construction or operation of hundreds of small-scale hydropower plants in protected areas across the Carpathian Mountains, in order to protect regional biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu - 1 comment

Suspected celebrity hacker Guccifer arrested

Bucharest - A man suspected of breaking into the email accounts of Romanian and US celebrities, including the Bush family, under the nickname "Guccifer" has been arrested in Romania with US help.
In the Media by AFP

IMF mission set for Romania amid fuel tax row

Bucharest - An IMF mission will visit Romania next week to discuss the ways to secure the 2014 budget deficit target after the government postponed a tax on fuel.
In the Media by AFP

Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are net contributors

Stockholm - Bulgarian and Romanian migrants contribute more than they cost to Western European economies, especially to Britain and Ireland, a Swedish economist said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Dance singer Alexandra Stan performs New Year's show in Romania

Alexandra Stan is a Romanian dance singer, songwriter and model, whose music I recently discovered and I have been hooked ever since.
In the Media by Markos Papadatos

Romanian farmers sue when subsidies for 'virtual cows' cut off

It's not unusual to read about governments helping farmers with subsidies. In Romania, farmers are paid $150 per cow, and this can be a big help. There is just one little problem with the plan though. No one thought to mention the cows had to be real.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 3 comments

Art thief claims museum robbery was too easy, threatens lawsuit

A Romanian man who admitted to stealing masterpieces by Monet, Gauguin and Picasso is threatening to sue the Dutch museum he stole them from — for making the theft too easy.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 1 comment

Leah Kaufman tells her Holocaust story

Leah Kaufman, an orphaned child Holocaust survivor who went on to become an educator and author, captivated an audience of adult Jewish students Tuesday, with stories of a past filled with inhumanity, which resulted in her strengthened Jewish identity.
In the Media by Amanda Byas

Spanish police rescue 8-year-old child from pimps (video)

Valencia - Three people have been arrested in Alzira (Valencia), Spain after they forced a woman into prostitution by holding her child prisoner. Another five women aged between 18 and 38 years were also rescued.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Stolen Picasso, other art burned to crisp by thief's mother

The artwork was painted by Picasso in 1971, just two years before he died at the age of 91. It was stolen in October last year from a Dutch art gallery and the remains have now possibly surfaced, after the work was burned literally to a crisp.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 12 comments

Op-Ed: Stepping into Schengen — Solidarity with Romania and Bulgaria Special

In response to the March 2013 decision to postpone Romania and Bulgaria entry in the visa-free Schengen zone under the threat of a German veto, a young group of people has decided to launch a solidarity initiative with Romanian and Bulgarian citizens.
Digital Journal Report by Raluca Besliu - 1 comment

Romanian online newspaper launches fun anti-UK ad campaign

With the UK worried about mass immigration by Eastern Europeans and the introduction of the ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ citizenship test, at first Romania was a little insulted. Then a newspaper in the country decided to have a little fun.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Key victory for the opponents of the Rosia Montana project

On December 9, the opponents of the Rosia Montana gold mining project, which would be conducted by a Canadian corporation, Gabriel Resources Ltd., won a highly important victory.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu

British Royal Family's ancestry linked to Count Dracula

Turns out the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), may be descended from Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Tepes, more popularly known as Count Dracula, and Romania is cashing in on the news.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

British Royal Family's ancestry linked to Count Dracula

Turns out the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), may be descended from Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Tepes, more popularly known as Count Dracula, and Romania is cashing in on the news.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Romania's Rosia Montana excluded from UNESCO proposal list

On Monday, the Romanian Ministry of Culture presented the list of monuments that it would like to see included in the UNESCO Heritage Sites.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu

Op-Ed: Hollande disappoints on Roma integration

In August-September 2012, the recently elected French government launched a mass expulsion on Romani people from France back to their countries of origin, Romania and Bulgaria.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Struggle over a perilous Canadian mining project at Rosia Montana Special

I recently attended the 7th annual FanFest, a cultural festival organized in the Romanian village Rosia Montana by the Save Rosia Montana Campaign between the 15th and 19th of August, 2012.
Digital Journal Report by Raluca Besliu - 2 comments

Izbasa stuns Maroney and takes vault gold at London Olympics

Romanians are sharing a collective joy as their own Sandra Raluca Izbasa became the new vault Olympic champion on Sunday.
In the Media by Anca Dumitru - 2 comments
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The Transfagarasan is a road in the Southern Carpathians in Romania.
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The Transfagarasan is a road in the Southern Carpathians in Romania.
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The University Square is an important place in Romanian recent history.
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A main street in the City of Brasov, Romania.
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The headquarters of the National Registry Office for Classified Information (ORNISS) is located near heart of Bucharest, Romania; ORNISS officials denied media reports a secret CIA prison operated in the basement of an ORNISS facility.
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Stepping into Schengen's current image
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Graves in Ghencea military cemetery, Bucharest, Romania
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Traian Basescu  president of Romania since 2004
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Traian Basescu, president of Romania since 2004
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A Romanian soccer fan attacks a player on the pitch
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Ceramic plates at National Ceramics Fair  Cucuteni 5000  in Iasi  Romania.  July 2011.
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Ceramic plates at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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Stepping into Schengen
The official image used by Stepping into Schengen.
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Romanians wearing traditional Romanian clothing stand near booth where cookery is being sold. National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011
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House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign  inviting the British to come on over.
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
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